Unfortunately we have no vacancies for Peer Support volunteers at the present time.

Any change to this position will be noted here but in the meantime if you would like to volunteer for Self Help and to support our services have you considered our other volunteering roles?

E-Therapy – Supporting people to access e-Therapy at one of a range of community venues to make positive changes to lifestyle and thinking.

Drop in Groups – Supporting a facilitator to deliver one of our drop in groups for people who wish talk about and work through their concerns.

Connect – Researching the services and community resources needed to meet the assessed needs of individual clients.

Administration – Helping with some of the back office support that monitors and records our services and makes their effective delivery possible.

About Peer Support

Peer to Peer is, as its name suggests, is a one to one service where a trained volunteer mentor arranges to meet someone in need of support in an approved public place, normally for one hour a week for up to four months.

It’s not an advice or guidance based service and doesn’t require specific skills or knowledge, but it does need the volunteer to have personal lived experience of a mental health issue rather than experience gained from helping someone else. The support offered relies heavily on this experience and it’s important to be able to build trust and a good relationship while maintaining strict professional boundaries.

If you are seeking support or have a friend or family member who may benefit from this service further details are available here

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Coronavirus update

In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. However, please note that all our Psychological Wellbeing services are still open and accepting referrals. One-to-one appointments that would normally be delivered face-to-face will now take place over the phone or through video call. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.

We are also no longer holding groups inside. We’re currently arranging alternatives where possible through considering walking or virtual groups. Please contact your group facilitator, or the centre where the group runs from, for more information.

If you’re worried, think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, see the latest advice from Public Health England.

Finally, if you’re struggling through self-isolation, please don’t feel alone. There are local community groups being created all over the country, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call our community centres in your local area, which you can find here.


Contact us

Due to changes in our working practice, in response to the coronavirus, we encourage you to contact us via email and refer yourself online where possible.

Please note, from the week beginning Monday, 23 March, we are not picking up post at our offices. If you have sent post to us at any time this week, please contact the relevant service to ensure that we have received it:

Manchester – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: pws.manchester@selfhelpservices.org.uk or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/Manchester

Stockport – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: stockportpws@selfhelpservices.org.uk or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/Stockport

Cheshire – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: talking.therapies.ec@thebiglifegroup.com or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.mytalkingtherapies.com/

Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: thinkingahead@thebiglifegroup.com or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.thebiglifegroup.com/thinkingahead

Tameside and Glossop – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: mindsmatter@selfhelpservices.org.uk or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.thebiglifegroup.com/mindsmatter/

eTherapy Salford and Trafford – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: etherapy.admin@selfhelpservices.org.uk or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/etherapy